We Are Thankful for You!

Our annual 29 Days of Thanks campaign is focused on celebrating and appreciating the individuals, families, groups, and organizations who support Heart of Missouri United Way and make the work we do possible.

Our community support means the world to us. 97% of our revenue comes from community donations, which means local needs are met by local donations. There are also over 10,000 hours volunteered annually by community members through Heart of Missouri United Way. This helps us make real, sustainable change in our community and promotes positive outcomes in the areas of health and basic needs, education, and financial stability.

From our "Heart" to yours, we sincerely thank you for your support of Heart of Missouri United Way!

Check out our social media channels for 29 Days of Thanks

United Way Board of Directors

Heart of Missouri United Way Board of Directors and Staff

Hawthorn Bank


Columbia College

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This week we are highlighting our agency partners. View our current Community Impact Investment Portfolio here!

Join the Fight for Literacy

Team up with Mizzou and become a Champion for Literacy! Together, we are making sure every child is resourced and inspired to become a strong reader. This fundraising campaign benefits our Read Across Columbia program.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT: International Paper is matching all donations up to $5,000.

Donate Today!

CoMo Give 5, Sign Up Today!

Watch the video below to see how Give 5 is changing lives.

Give 5 is an innovative, community-based program designed for Columbia and Boone County residents. The program provides a way for retirees and seniors to apply their talents and passions to our community’s primary areas of need. By doing so, it also ensures they continue to have purpose and relevance in their lives.

This program offers a fun, social opportunity for participants to experience a “taste-testing” of the many and varied volunteer opportunities within our community. At the end of the program, it’s hoped participants will commit – at least short term – to “give five” hours a month to one of the program nonprofits.

Does that sound like fun? Sign up for the next Cohort today!

Sign Up for Give 5

Cohort 7: Thursdays from April 11-May 9, 2024

Questions? You can email our Give 5 Coordinator, Lorraine Gustavis at!

Agency Spotlight: Heart of Missouri CASA

MISSION: To train and support volunteers to be exceptional voices for every abused and neglected child in the Boone and Callaway County Family Courts.

VISION: For every child who needs them, Heart of Missouri CASA envisions a trained volunteer advocate, a safe home, and a promising future where each child can reach their full potential.

Heart of Missouri CASA has a Child Advocacy program funded through our Health and Basic Needs Impact Investment.

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) speaks up for children in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court system who’ve been abused or neglected by educating and empowering diverse community volunteers to advocate for them in the court system.

The program goals are to improve outcomes for every child in need through best interest advocacy. They aim to ensure children remain free from re-abuse while in foster care, have all their needs met (educational, medical, therapeutic), and achieve a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

Visit Heart of Missouri CASA's Website

Volunteer with Heart of Missouri CASA

CASA volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges. Each volunteer is carefully screened, trained, and supervised. Volunteers conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, and interviewing everyone involved, including the child. 

Check out Volunteer Opportunities

United Way Service Spotlight

From Hello to Help, 211 is There.

On February 11th of every year, the 211 network celebrates 211 Day. It’s a celebration of the ways 211 connects individuals to essential health and human services.

If you need help – for anything from daycare to rental assistance to counseling to vocational training – your local 2-1-1 is here. Dial 2-1-1* to speak to a trained professional 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

211 Resource Directory

Upcoming Events

Fight for Literacy:

January - March 2024

29 Days of Thanks: February 2024

Day of Action: June 21, 2024

Upcoming Events

Heart of Missouri United Way invests in programs at nonprofit organizations in the impact areas of health and basic needs, education, and financial stability. Our investments reach individuals and families in Boone, Cooper, and Howard Counties. Donate today to make an impact in our community.


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